Pants’ Plum Picks!

7 Mar

Pants here. Lately, I’ve been really loving plum lip colors. I feel it’s a good transition color from winter to spring. I think they’re really flattering for pale ladies, such as Red and myself. Today, I’ll share my favorites that I’ve accumulated over the last few months.

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in Crush 23 ($12, sephora.com) – This is described as a deep reddish plum. I have to be very careful when applying this because it is on the darker side. I usually use a lip brush, then apply some extra foundation or concealer around my lips to make it look cleaner. My skin is kinda pinky, so if you have red/pink areas on your face, a deep color like this will make them stand out. The lipstick looks much darker than it is when applied.

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Apocalypse ($19, sephora.com) – Saw this color swatched on several blogs and really loved how it looked on everyone who wore it. When I finally got to Sephora I swatched it on my hand and kept staring at it. I knew I must own it. It’s a deep plum, but I typically use the Lisa Eldridge method of dabbing it on with my fingers, then rubbing it in like a stain. It looks matte this way, but does look glossy when applied normally.

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey ($15, clinique.com) – This is considered a cult favorite, and now I know why. Love this. LOVE it. It’s moisturizing and gives just a slight hint of plum on the lips. It looks really nice over top of the other colors I’ve mentioned above, too. Since it’s sheer, it works with your natural lip color. It’s a good introduction to a plum lip.

Revlon Just Bitten in Crave ($6.74, amazon.com) – I’ve been addicted to lipstains lately. You can get two completely different looks with them – matte when applied alone or shiny with gloss on top. Actually, depending on what color of gloss you use, you can get several different looks – shimmery, glittery, a hint of color to depend or lighten it. I just recently picked this one up, and already love it. It’s more of a bright plum than a deep one. Plus, it has a lip balm on the end so you only have to carry one product with you for touch-ups.

Dark lip colors like this can really make you look a little goth if you don’t wear enough blush. Lisa Eldridge suggests applying some blush, and then retouching after you apply your lip color. And we always do what Lisa says – she’s a makeup genius.

What plum lip products are you loving?

xo,

Red & Pants

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Tried It Tuesday – Chanel Vitalumière Aqua

6 Mar

About a month ago, we took a trip up to Pittsburgh for a makeup adventure. We both ended up leaving with this Chanel foundation. Today, we’re going to tell you what we think about it.

Chanel Vitalumière Aqua ($45, macys.com)

Red – I had been on the look out for an extremely hydrating foundation. I have dry skin and my skin loves any extra moisture it can get. I started hearing lovely things about this foundation and immediately set out to buy it.

I have been wearing this every day since I bought it. I like to apply it with a beauty blender. I have been wearing a hydrating foundation primer with this as well. I LOVE this stuff. It goes on so smoothly and you can’t even tell that you are wearing anything. It blends into the skin flawlessly. I seriously think since wearing this my skin has looked the best it has looked in a really really long time. I haven’t had any problem with dry flakes or break outs. I think I have finally found my holy grail of foundation.

I give Chanel Vitalumière Aqua 5 out of 5 sparkles.

Pants – Red told me about this foundation and started sending me video reviews. Like I’ve said 800 times, I’m trying to find a replacement for my beloved discontinued Lancome Aqua Fusion Teinte. Since this foundation also has SPF 15 in it, and is water-based, I thought it might be the perfect replacement.

Well, I’ve been having skin issues. I have combination skin, but it’s always leaned more on the oily side in my T-zone. Well with this foundation, (and to be fair, every other foundation I’ve tried lately) I’ve been looking like a powdery/flakey mess. I’ve had some dry patches on my forehead and on my cheeks.

I stopped using a setting powder on top. I switched moisturizers. I’ve worn a primer. I’ve used a setting spray. I’ve exfoliated. Each of these things have helped slightly, but I still look a little flakey/powdery. I’ve been applying the foundation with a Beauty Blender, but I’m thinking about switching to a foundation brush tomorrow to see if that changes things.

I do like how this foundation looks on me, but the flakiness has got to stop. I’m hoping my skin stops being so weird in the next few weeks as it starts to warm up.

I give Chanel Vitalumière Aqua 4 out of 5 sparkles.

 

Tell us, have you tried out any new foundations recently?

xo,

Red & Pants

Poll Results – Which color of nail polish do you prefer for spring?

5 Mar

The winner of Friday’s poll is peach nail polish! Fuchsia and orange tied for second place.

We are big fans of the color peach, so we’ll share some pretty peach polishes with you!

Essie – A Crewed Interest ($8, amazon.com)

Revlon – Peach Nectar ($4, amazon.com)

China Glaze – Peachy Keen ($3.70, amazon.com)

Sephora by OPI – What’s Your Sign ($9.50, sephora.com) – This is a metallic peach!!!

Did we leave out any pretty peaches? We tried to include a variety of brands and prices, so let us know if we missed any good ones!

xo,

Red & Pants

POLL – Which color of nail polish do you prefer for spring?

2 Mar

We know it’s not technically spring until the end of the month, but we’re trying to think on the positive side here. We consider March to be spring, so we’re pulling out all of our favorite bright spring colors.

We love the colors of Essie’s spring collection. Which color do you prefer to wear on your nails in the spring?

xo,

Red & Pants

February 2012 Favoritessss

1 Mar

With February out of the way, we’re one step closer to Spring, thank goodness! No mo’ snow! And hopefully no more dry skin!

Here are the products we just couldn’t put down in February:

Pants:

Urban Decay Naked2 ($50, urbandecay.com) – I know many people weren’t impressed with this palette, but I’ve been using it almost everyday. I think I’ve used it more than I ever used the original Naked. My favorite color combos are Bootycall on the brow bone, Tease in the crease, and either Suspect, Pistol or YDK on the lid. Busted is a great outer V color. If you don’t have the Naked2, this is just mumbo jumbo. Let’s just say, I’m really, really happy that I got this palette for Christmas.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Tipsy ($24, tartecosmetics.com) – I think this may have been my favorite last month, too. I have loved coral and peach colors since I was little, and it makes me super happy to have some bright coral on my cheeks. This blush is matte, and I love to add a little bit of shimmer on my cheek bones.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstain in Cranberry Crush ($2.49, Amazon.com) – Of course this is discontinued, because I LOVE it. This is a bright cranberry red, which leans more on the red side than purple. It lasts a really long time (like I wake up the next morning and it’s still on), and looks good solo or with gloss on top. Sometimes I like to pair red, glittery glosses on top, but clear gloss looks great, as well. I could see it being a nice all-year-round red lip color. I may actually have to stock up on this.

Red:

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in #55 In Love ($43, chanel.com) – I actually picked this blush up from All Cosmetics Wholesale for a little more affordable price. This is a blush that was recommended by Lauren Conrad and is why I now own it. It’s a coral-peach with golden shimmer. The shimmer is super light. It’s such a gorgeous color. I love the flush it gives my cheeks and I cannot put it down.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Birthday Suit ($19, benefit.com) – This is an amazing shimmery brushed chrome cream shadow. I absolutely love it. I’ve been pairing it with MAC’s Sable, a plum/brown shade, and love the combination.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Creme Brule ($7, target.com) – I have been going with a light nude lip  as of late. I love this light shimmery shade. It pairs well with almost any eye look.

Tell us, what have you been loving this month?

xo,

Red & Pants

Love for Lisa Eldridge

29 Feb

Many of the makeup gurus we watch on YouTube are just ladies who have taught themselves tricks over the years and have chose to share them. However, you will find the occasional professional makeup artist, and our favorite is Lisa Eldridge.

Lisa has so many helpful and informative videos. All of her looks are different – you’re not going to see her doing the same smokey eye or technique on every video like you see with some people. And we’re super jealous of how gorgeous she looks when she’s only wearing mascara.

She also has a great website where she posts photos of her work, and even has a place where you can suggest a look for her to do a tutorial!

Today we’re going to pick out a few of our favorite videos of Lisa’s to share with you!

One Lipstick …..Many Different Ways to Wear itIn this video, Lisa shows you how to wear a lipstick like a stain, and several other great techniques.

 

Beautifying Party/Prom Make Up (Photo Friendly) – Lisa shows you how to do a super chic party look.

 

Chic & Simple 5 Minute Make-Up Look – Here Lisa shows you how to do a super quick yet polished look. She even uses her signature lip liner.

 

Tell Us, do you have any makeup artists that you love to watch?

 

xo,

Red & Pants

Tried It Tuesday – Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminious Eyeshadow

28 Feb

This week’s Tried It Tuesday is brought to you by Red.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in #84 Epatant ($36, chanel.com)

I have had my eyes on these luminous eyeshadows for quite a while. I liked all of the shades, but after seeing Rachel Bilson’s Shoemint ad here I was set on Epatant. It’s a lovely taupe shade with a hint of green to it. I happen to love how this looks on my hazel eyes.

This eyeshadow is described as a gel. I’m not sure if that is the right definition. I would call it almost a mousse. It is very light and spongy. This lightness makes it nice for using it as a nice wash. It is incredibly easy to intensify the shade as well. It blends so easily. I have been wearing this shadow almost daily. I love the luminous quality to this shadow. The price tag is a little steep for one eyeshadow, but you do get a lot of product and a little goes a long long way.

I give Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminious Eyeshadow 4 out of 5 sparkles.

xo,

Red & Pants

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